Sailing to the top of the world

On a cruise crossing the Arctic Circle, I went kayaking and dog sledding and spent hours watching fjords and glaciers go by

"And now my spirit twists out of the lock of my breast, my mind upon the waterways," reads The Seafarer, an Anglo-Saxon poem recorded in the 10th century.

"It comes back to me eager and unsated; the solitary flier screams, urges onto the whale-road the unresisting heart across the waves of the sea."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'Sailing to the top of the world'. Print Edition | Subscribe